The dried seasonings in your spice rack are usually good for about a year before they start to lose their potency. I know that I sometimes use dried spices past the one-year mark because they are ones  I use so infrequently that the bottles are still pretty full after a year.

One of the ways to use up your spices before they start to lose flavor is to create your own spice mixes. Why go out and buy a jar of poultry seasoning to season your Thanksgiving turkey and stuffing when you probably already have the spices necessary to create your own? You’ll save a little money and use up what you have.

Here’s a recipe for poultry seasonings that will be enough to season your turkey this year. If you need more, you can double or triple this recipe with ease.

Poultry Seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons ground sage
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground thyme
  • 1 teaspoon ground marjoram
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground rosemary
  • 3/4 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoons finely ground black pepper
  1. Place all spices in a blender or food processor.
  2. Blend together for just a few seconds to mix them together really well, but not enough to pulverize them.
  3. Store in a clean, dry, airtight container and use as needed.

Twenty-three users on rated this blend 5 stars out of 5 and used it for dishes like Thanksgiving turkey, chicken noodle soup, fried chicken and more.


Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Poultry seasoning recipe
This Thanksgiving, use the spices you already have on hand instead of buying pre-made poultry seasoning.